Where to spend $30??

ok, here is my problem, please help me
first time build with the following parts already have

cooler master haf 932 amd editon

coolermaster silent pro 850w psu

thermaltake frio cpu cooler

gigabyte x58- ud3r

lite-on 22x dvd lightscrbe

seagate 1tb 7200rpm hd

all the above parts i have purchase for $515

my budget is to be as close to as $1100 or lower. i have $30 left over and i need to know where to put it on the remaining parts to give me the best performance for gaming, video edit and streaming.

looking at intel i7 930 for $215 at microcenter
should i add the $30 to upgrade to i7 950


looking at nvidia 460 1gb gpu priced around $220
should i add the $30 to gpu for better one


looking at memory around $130
should i add the $30 to upgrade the memory for better timing

which $30 upgrade will help me the most with performance?

please help
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  1. I wonder what is the $30 more expensive GPU?

    Do you already have all things you need? WLAN card? Headsets? Keyboard? Mouse? x64 OS? Anything? Double check 'em!

    p.s : I have once forgotten to buy a monitor as I built a new rig and didn't have a monitor...I had to go back to store and buy one...the worst thing is...I didn't even included the monitors price in the budget...t'is has made the rig way over the budget ...thank goodness I still had some money with me at that time... :D
  2. yes, i am reusing keyboard, mouse, speakers, old monitor, os
    i dont need wlan, i already have a linksys e3000 for my network, i will connect to it with the onboard lan

    $30 upgrade for gpu means, should i add it to get a better 460 card, like a lifetime warranty evga card, or a card with higher factory overclock instead of those base 460. or will it not matter

    or should i use the $30 for a fan controller, or use onboard fan, i think all the 3 fan in the case are 3 pins, not sure, but the two frio fans are 3 pins with very short manual control, will be a pain to control the speed, didnt think twice before i bought it, didnt know

    does anyone knows any good fan controller, if so please recommend me one,
    this will be my first build ever, just watching alot of youtube videos for installing,
  3. spend it on the gfx card
  4. Best answer
    Spend it on beer and you'll be like: "Who needs a better CPU or better timings anyway?".
  5. With an extra $30 you might be able to get the 5850. Not sure its really worth it over the GTX460. It would depend on your resolution. Getting the faster CPU will help not with your gaming, but your "video edit"

    Mosox has a good idea to...
  6. thanks for the inputs guys
    sorry im not a beer guy, more of a hard liquor man :hello:

    i was pondering the idea of adding the $30 to get a xfx 5850, but why get that when the 470 is in reach,
    im actually doing this build for more of an entertainment purposes, and was thinking of the sli 3d vision thing, but im on a tight budget right now, cant afford the monitor and funky glasses,

    i guess sticking with no names 1600 cas 9 mem is ok for me,
    i will do more research on 3d vision before i finish my build and wait for the sweet deals from new egg,

    thanks guys
  7. RAM speed doesn't have much effect on the system.
    An OCed GTX460 is also not really worth $30 in my opinion.
    It is more advisable to get GTX470 or HD5850,if it is still on your budget.
  8. might be a tight squeeze to get a 5850 with 30$ but possibly doable....

    what you can do is swap from the HAF932 to the HAF922 save another 30$ and now you got 60$ of upgrades....

    in which case you splurge on a GPU or split between memory with better timings and a GPU

    forget the CPU as you can just clock it to the same speeds of a 750.....but if you do that get another fan.....but keep in mind the HAF922 is has 2x 200mm fans on top/back huge side vent which has room for another 200m (i had a 120mm from my old rig on the back that i took off and put on the side of my HAF 922 it runs at like 37C-47 at load with an AMD3 Phenom II x4 965
  9. On second tought :
    ^+1 for beer
  10. ^^^ +1
    Hellz ya
  11. From his post it sounds like he already bought the case. Odd however that he bought the AMD edition then stuck an x58 in it. Why get the 5850 when the GTX470 is not much more? Because you've already stretched the budget getting the 5850. What size is the old monitor? Is even the 460 to much? You might be better off with a GTS450 or a 5750.

    If not beer, then perhaps a bottle of Makers Mark? I buy it on sale for $20.
  12. ok. let me make my self clear here, seems like its confusing some of you guys
    but yea thanks for the opinion and beer, cheers.

    its my first time building, so i need alot of room for building, to make it less difficult,
    as to why i am putting an x58 to a amd editon haf 932, it was on sale,
    i would of gotten the regular haf 932 which was $130, but why get that when the amd edition was on sale for $100!! and they are similar in design and layout but the amd got the cool dragon and red panels, well in my opinion anyways.
    as of now i have spent, $515, and the parts i still need are the cpu "getting it from microcenter with huge discounts i7-930 = $215 after tax"
    reserved $130 for ram
    and the rest into a gpu,
    i wanted to know was that adding $30 extra for the i7-950 will help improve my build,
    or bump up the price of ram , for faster cas timings
    or instead of a $220 stock clock nvidia 460, add the extra to an overclocked 460 would help with performances.

    i would like to run sli in the future, my monitor is old vga, will update to 1080p 23inch plus later on, now its all about the cpu build

    it would seem nice to add more for a 5850 or 470
    newegg has the xfx 5850 for $260 and $240 after rebates.
    evga 470 $305, $275 after rebates.
    its just that i hate rebates, and 460 in sli in near future is ok for me.
    so any inputs on ram, gpu, cpu is appreciated, or ill just stick to my budget build.
  13. you already have way more processor power than you need for gaming

    spend the money on graphics

    or an intel sticker
  14. I would get the XFX 5850 (as a second option after the beer) :) Or the HIS 5850.
  15. Do you know why the beer came into suggestion?
    I don't really know the price difference of a HD5850 or a GTX470 there where you live.
    Here, where I live, with extra $30+ the price of a GTX460, I can not get a HD5850 or GTX470.
    Upgrading the proc, doesn't really change anything. i7 930 and i7 950 is not that different.
    Getting a better GTX460 is also not much of a difference.
    Faster RAM is also not much of a difference.

    those guys are correct, your proc is already an overkill at the moment for gaming. Having a better GPU is a better choice.

    I say, spend a bit extra (more than USD30) to get a HD5850 or GTX470 or just spend the 30 bucks on beer.

    Note : Here where I live, (not exact prices)
    HD5770 = €129-€179
    GTX460 = €169-€219
    HD5830 = €209-€239
    GTX470 = €239-€270
    HD5850 = €269-€329
    Yes, they are a lot more expensive than in the USA.
  16. for that price get the 5850 hands down
  17. thank you tomshardware users for helping me for my first build

    here is the update of the parts i am using

    hopefully this weekend i will have time to go pick up my missing part of the build i7-930 cpu for $215

    now comes the hard part of assembly the build, and hope no parts are doa.
    total cost of the build $1063.95 USD
    time to read up
    thanks again, and i will be back for more help if i encounter any.
    cheers for the beer and $30 left over just for beer too, :lol:

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  18. umm where is your CPU?
  19. jasonp12 said:
    umm where is your CPU?

    It is already written above, if the poster had the time, he would pick the proc up.
  20. Best answer selected by loga8n.
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